Daytona Onboard

High Banks Pursuit!

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Ever wonder what it might be like to ride flat-out around the Daytona Speedway banking? It's a unique and amazing experience. Your chest takes a pounding against the fuel tank as you crane your head back as far as your helmet allows, eyes rolled up in their sockets as you peer through your eyebrows in an effort to see well ahead. Things come at you quick when you're going 170 mph.

You can read about my adventures during Bike Week in the June issue of Cycle World, but for a POV experience I attached a lipstick cam to the gas cap of our Erion Racing Supersport Honda CBR600RR and captured a few laps of onboard video while riding in a Formula Xtreme practice session. Due to the camera placement, I wasn't able to tuck in and duck my head down behind the windscreen, making for a pretty turbulent ride around the East Banking each lap, as you'll see.

In the two-lap video I engage in the hot pursuit of a pair of Team Safety First Suzukis. The factory-supported team is owned and operated by a Chicago police officer who founded the Safety First program, aimed at teaching kids about bicycle safety. The Gixxer posse used my Honda's draft to slingshot past. Hey, there oughtta be a law against that…

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